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Business Grants

Updated: Nov 17, 2020

Grants of up to £3,000 are available to businesses that have been required to close the primary part of their business. This means that you are eligible for this grant even if you have started, or are continuing, to offer click and collect, takeaway, or delivery services. As long as the restrictions have meant the core part of your operations have had to close, then you could be eligible. For example if you are a restaurant that would normally have a place full of diners but can now only provide takeaway and deliveries, then you can still apply.

Details on the grant and the application form can be found under "Local Restrictions Support Grant" at the following link: DETAILS

Each application needs to be assessed and could not adopt a blanket approach. 


The below details the information from the Government (correct as of 10th November) in regards to these grants: 1. Which businesses are eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)?

The businesses that are eligible to receive grants in each Local Authority area will be determined by the form of restrictions imposed upon that area. Businesses offering direct, in-person services that had reopened following the end of the first national lockdown but were then mandated to close by Government imposed local restrictions, will be eligible. This could include, for example, non-essential retail, personal services or cafes/restaurants that operate primarily as an in-person venue but have been forced to close these services and instead provide takeaway-only or delivery services.

2. Are pubs that provide a takeaway service eligible for a grant under the LRSG (Closed)?

Yes, any business that is required to close the part of its business that provides its main service is eligible for a Closed Grant. This is the case even if the business adapts its business model to provide a reduced service, such as takeaways. We understand that it is not always completely clear if a business has closed the part of its business that provides its main service, however we expect Local Authorities to use their discretion and make this judgement based on their local knowledge.

3. How would Government define businesses that are ‘required to close’?

Guidance for local restrictions published on GOV.UK clearly sets out which businesses and venues have been required by law to close. Those eligible for grants will be businesses that have been offering direct, in-person services but are unable to continue with their main service following the commencement of local restrictions.

If a business has subsequently provided an alternative service (e.g. a restaurant/pub providing takeaway-only meals) it would still be eligible as it has been required to close the part of its business that provides its main service.

Each application needs to be assessed and could not adopt a blanket approach.